Meaning of “central nervous system” in the English Dictionary

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"central nervous system" in British English

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central nervous systemnoun [ C usually singular ]

uk /ˌsen.trəl ˈnɜː.vəs ˌsɪs.təm/ us /ˌsen.trəl ˈnɝː.vəs ˌsɪs.təm/ abbreviation CNS

Examples from literature

  • In this vertebral canal we find the trunk part of the central nervous system, the spinal cord. 
  • The first sketch of a central nervous system in the human embryo presents the same very simple type as in the other vertebrates. 
  • These pass into the central nervous system and there excite neurons which in turn discharge impulses into the cerebrum. 
  • This acts as a connecting medium between the outside world and the central nervous system, which is composed of the brain and spinal cord. 
  • This shows that some part of the central nervous system is necessary to reflex action. 

(Definition of “central nervous system” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"central nervous system" in American English

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central nervous systemnoun [ C ]

us /ˈsen·trəl ˈnɜr·vəs ˌsɪs·təm/

biology the main system of nerves in a living thing, consisting of the brain and the spinal cord

(Definition of “central nervous system” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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